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SEPTEMBER 23 – 27, 2019 | DON GLAISTER | $800
Historically, bindings had titles, almost without exception. They were very often rendered in gold leaf on the spine. In the middle of the 20th century however, designers of fine bindings began to consider the appearance of titles as optional, and that trend still continues. The change from obligatory titling to optional titling has resulted in two seemingly opposing viewpoints: that titling doesn’t matter and there is no reason to learn it; and titling really matters because if it is chosen to be part of a given design, it had better be done with the same degree of skill as other tooling and decorative techniques used in that design.

You may not be surprised to know, this class strongly promotes the second viewpoint and provides instruction in two methods of titling to ensure mastery: handle letters (individual brass letters mounted in wood handles) and loose brass type arranged in a hand-held type holder (composteur).

This one-week course will lay out the simple yet precise techniques necessary to achieve elegant gold titling. Students will work on titling blocks covered with leather and will spend time using handle letters and type held in composteurs. Through personal guided instruction, this class will build a strong practical foundation in titling, including body form mechanics, tool heat and pressure, blind tooling, the handling of gold leaf and finally, titling in gold. Significant emphasis will also be made on learning to make titling adjustments and correcting errors that will inevitably occur. Once this foundation is built, the rest is practice. Class size is limited to eight.


SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 11, 2019 | DON GLAISTER | $1500
This two-week class is designed to help students with varying levels of experience in fine binding to refine and review their techniques, develop more advanced and sophisticated ones and even invent new techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on binding design and design execution. Some of the more advanced techniques that may be explored are: elaborate woven headbands, edge gilding, gold, blind and painted tooling, inlays and onlays of leather or other materials. Students will work independently on their particular projects, with close monitoring and guidance from the instructor. They will be encouraged to explore various design concepts and decorative techniques, depending upon their level of experience and expertise.

The class may be used as a review of the binding process or to concentrate on a few, or even one specific technique. The AAB Fundamentals / Intermediate Binding class, or equivalent, is a prerequisite for this class and it may be repeated as needed.


NOVEMBER 4 – 8, 2019 | LANG INGALLS | $800
If you have never taken a bookbinding class before, this is the course for you. The week is devoted to the fundamental building blocks of bookbinding; it is an introduction to the binding of books into cloth and paper covers.

Starting at the very beginning, students will learn about paper grain, cutting and folding, making and sewing the signature and producing a pamphlet binding. From there they will expand to multi-signature sewing and case binding. Introduction to the essential tools of the trade will be covered. Students will learn techniques, tricks and habits that will prepare them to progress to the next level or to practice and explore on their own at home. The marvels of paper, the details of sewing, the characteristics of an attractive book cover and more are taught in this class.


NOVEMBER 11 – 15, 2019 | PETER GERATY | $800
Students who have taken previous bookbinding classes will find an opportunity in this course to further develop their skills and to deepen their knowledge of the materials and techniques used in bookbinding. Starting with a review of the simple case binding, students will learn to make a rounded spine, sew endbands, incorporate design options such as embossed boards, and learn efficient methods for taking a book apart or making multiples. For those who are ready, the paring of leather and creating a quarter-leather binding is an option. This course will also focus on providing solutions to individual problems or areas that students specifically want to explore. It is highly recommended that students complete this introductory level prior to participation in the Fundamentals of Fine Leather Binding course.


NOVEMBER 18 – 22, 2019 | PETER GERATY | $800
This course is an amalgamation of two very disparate, yet highly necessary, skills for the book worker. It begins with three days of demonstration and practice in the use of stamping, foils, leaf, blind stamping, jigs, over-stamping, multiple colors and more in the decoration of bindings.

Shifting gears, the students are then guided through two days detailing the appropriate maintenance and sharpening of tools. Students learn to adjust board cutters, presses and guillotines, and how to sharpen their knives and shape their own tools allowing more confidence in taking care of their equipment.